July 5, 2010 in City, News, Region

Spokane area has quiet Fourth of July

Fireworks cause few problems
By The Spokesman-Review
 

The Spokane area saw a few emergencies that could be traced back to Fourth of July fireworks over the weekend.

Assistant chief Brian Schaeffer of Spokane Fire said his department saw only two small house fires and three brush fires that were likely caused by fireworks, and none of them caused much damage. An attic fire in the 800 block of East Wellesley is still under investigation but was probably caused by fireworks, Schaeffer said. A home in northwest Spokane had a small roof fire that was put out before it extended into the home.

“It was a very quiet weekend for us,” he said. “It was refreshing.”

It was much the same, if not even quieter, in the Spokane Valley area. Several investigators and fire marshals from Spokane Valley Fire were on patrol and didn’t report any significant fires, said Spokane Valley Fire assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford. “We didn’t have any problems.”

Clifford said the crowd attending the Liberty Lake fireworks show was smaller than usual. “I think the weather had a big thing to do with it,” he said. “Uneventful, I guess, would be a good word for it.”

Clifford also said there were no problems making sure people didn’t park in prohibited areas in Liberty Lake. The department used to put up temporary signs every Fourth of July to limit parking in some areas to ensure that fire crews and paramedics could travel the narrow streets to get to emergencies. This was the first year the now permanent parking restrictions were marked only with no-parking signs and the department warned visitors in advance that their cars would be towed if necessary.

“We drove that area from one end to the other non-stop just trying to keep the road open,” Clifford said. People willingly moved their cars when asked and no one received a ticket or had their cars towed, he said.


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